Seriously, how is it almost September? This is crazy. One of the biggest adjustments I’ve had to make since I moved to Southern CA nearly a decade ago is the rapid progression of time. I swear, I put something off for a day and in the blink of an eye, it’s been a month and everyone hates me. I kid, but I do really struggle with keeping up sometimes. Thank goodness for planners and to-do lists, right?!
I thought I’d do one last bright summer palette before we transition to fall (and my favorite, favorite, FAVORITE time of year!) Enjoy!
I fattened up those stripes a little bit, and even added a double set in the later versions. I could go on and on and on with different color combinations, but that wouldn’t really be healthy, eh?
I try to use a variety of color palettes for you all, I really do. Most of the time I just play around in my Pantone SC library until the combos jive together. If you spend much time around here, you’ll know that I love pink and bright colors, so the downloads often reflect that. (After all, if I wouldn’t want to use my printables, then why on earth would you?) If you’re tired of the brights, or you have other colors you want to see, please let me know in the comments. Even better, if you have a color swatch or image or hex code or any kind of source material, send me an email and attach the source to your note!
As always, right click each thumbnail and either open in a new window or “save target/link as…” to get the PDF. If you save the image and later try to print at full screen, it will be grainy because it’s pretty low resolution.
I don’t know about you, but I love a good stripe. Actually, I do know – you love them, too, based on the re-pins from my blog. My post with straight up plain stripes has had over 1,000 pins, plus my messy stripes and other variations have seen quite a bit of action. That’s why I’m introducing yet another form of stripes today: the skinny messy stripes.
We’re just starting with a few today, but I’ll have some other variations shortly, including stripes that are a little thicker and farther apart. As always, click the thumbnail or right-click and “save target/link as…” to get to the PDF. If you save the image below, it won’t be a high enough resolution to print at full page size.
Lately I’ve been forced to look at my life: where I’ve been, the choices I’ve made, the people I’ve hurt along the way. It’s been a very humbling experience that has shifted my identity a bit. The biggest realization has been that I’m somewhat of a fraud, parading around calling myself an artist but the truth is, I’m extremely out of practice. Out of practice, out of touch, out of inspiration, out of the spark – the list goes on and on.
In a form of internal bootcamp or something, I’ve recently acquired a small collection of new sketchbooks. I’m really hoping this gets me back into the groove and into something I can be proud of. Time to make more time for art, make more art, see more art, live more art. This is my pledge of sorts.
One of the things that came of my new realization is that I’m not free enough with my drawing. I focus so hard on the details and making the next great masterpiece that I often leave a drawing or painting unfinished, abandoning it mid-way through because I’m so unhappy with it and ashamed of my lack of true artistic ability.
To counteract the vicious critics in my head, I’ve been trying to hold the pencil near the very end, working more with my wrist than my fingers. This has started to help a little, at least in terms of loosening up and just going with my heart. Today’s download is a manifestation of that desire for looseness and quick action, without thinking too much about it.
Though I created these strictly on the computer, I applied the same principles as in my drawing/painting and as a result, I had these puppies ready to post in about 20 minutes. Not too shabby! I love the end results, and I really hope you do, too. I can’t wait to print like 20 of them on cardstock to use for fussy cutting, die cutting and collaging. I’ll be printing several more of the lighter versions for notepads and pages in my handmade books. That’s what I call #fullofwin !
Today’s Freebie Friday printable is a small set of DIY valentines in my favorite color palette. Enjoy!
Today’s patterns are the cousins of yesterday’s extreme chevrons. I was just playing around with the placement of my repeating triangles and liked the way these looked.
Click the image to go to the pdf download. PDFs can be opened in any design program, or printed directly from Acrobat or Reader.
I’ll have this week’s downloads added to the downloads page within the next week. Enjoy!
Hey! Ho! It’s February!!!
I’m going to try to push out a bunch of love-related downloads for you this month. Here’s the first set: some lovely patterns in valentine-y colors.
Click the image below to go to the PDF – all 5 designs are in one file. Enjoy!